Archive for November, 2006

Not A Wheel Of Fortune

November 30, 2006

Have you ever opened the Bible at random and taken as your verse for the day whatever verse your eyes went to? I have done this, and sometimes it has worked, but more often than not, the verse by itself, … (read more)

Eyes On Him

November 29, 2006

It was a few days before Christmas 1975, when my brother Ron and I set out on a four-hour auto trip to pick up a car his father-in-law had given as a gift. My brother was noticeably excited about taking … (read more)

The Icks

November 28, 2006

I laughed out loud when I saw the cartoon picturing the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. There they were, the centre of a major miracle, crossing the seabed on perfectly dry ground. Banks of water towered over their heads on … (read more)

Feeling Connected In Unconnected Times

November 27, 2006

There are times in our lives when we just need to be obedient in our walk with the Lord. We will at times find ourselves in dark days during our walk with the Lord. We may entertain a whole host … (read more)

Prisoner

November 26, 2006

I like going to the zoo, although I haven't been to one for years. The last time I was there, I had a sad experience. It took place next to the lion's cage. As I watched the king of the … (read more)

My Christmas Miracle

November 25, 2006

Most of my life, I've been a person who accepted the opinion of others when they said something couldn't be done. That was before a couple of weeks ago. On Thursday, November 9th, I was standing in a gift shop … (read more)

Some Quiet Place

November 24, 2006

On the way home from an evening at the Air Canada Centre in nearby Toronto, where I had attended a revival meeting, I found myself sitting rather quietly on a loaded bus. You might wonder why or even how a … (read more)

Key Keeper

November 23, 2006

I'm forever losing my keys, especially when I'm in a hurry to go anywhere. I can be found scrambling about each morning, going around the house, searching for my keys to get to work. I've usually left them beside my … (read more)

Alaska

November 22, 2006

We all know that Alaska is north. Well, in our city, we have a sign that says, "West — Alaska". How can that be? Should we trust it? We must keep our eyes open to see the signs along the … (read more)

The Giant

November 21, 2006

"A giant. I want a story about a giant. The tallest giant in the world, please." These were the requests of a small boy when I offered to read a bedtime story. "Okay. I'll try," I said, and I told … (read more)

True Teachers

November 20, 2006

The faith that I have in my heart was planted by three teachers. One was a young man called Billy, who wanted to be a missionary in Africa, but he couldn't go because his eyesight was too weak. If he … (read more)

Choices

November 19, 2006

One of my favourite pastimes is playing Bible quiz games on the Internet. There are many choices available: crosswords, word searches, code words, Su Doku, quizzes to fill in the blanks and those with multiple choices. I have the option … (read more)

Rekindled Joy

November 18, 2006

Have we lost our joy? Or is it hiding deep within? We have all had our joyful times and our share of down times. What must we do to find joy once again? What joy it brings when my little … (read more)

Small Child

November 17, 2006

I find that it is my calling to continue to walk the walk, and talk the talk, where I am. However, in my impatience and lack of faith, sometimes I find myself like Martha, asking for more help! One Sunday … (read more)

Stretching

November 16, 2006

I have watched many guitarists playing, some just by themselves, enjoying their time with the guitar and the music they are playing, others in a band, playing for a group of people to sing. I watch with amazement as they … (read more)

The Click Of A Button

November 15, 2006

These days, everything seems to be just a "click" away. We are moving at a faster pace all the time. We recently began taping the few shows that we watch on television as a family each week. I was amazed … (read more)

Foolish Preaching

November 14, 2006

It never ceases to amaze me how preaching affects different folk. There are lots of jokes about people sleeping through sermons, and some comedians have made their name by mocking preachers, but when all is said and done, preaching is … (read more)

Underlying

November 13, 2006

I have had a stiff arm for the past few months. It doesn't always hurt — only when I move it a certain way. I went to physiotherapy and it kept getting worse. I went to my doctor, and she … (read more)

Land Of My Ancestors

November 12, 2006

"'Ingalls!' Where did you get that name?" a gruff voice intoned. In response to the question, I looked up to see a tall, elderly gentleman looking down at the name on the cover of my first book. At first, I … (read more)

Steering

November 11, 2006

Though I was a very young, inexperienced sailor with the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II, I took my turn at steering the ship on which I served — an escort vessel. The duty of such a ship was … (read more)

Say My Name

November 10, 2006

The e-mails from my dad in the last few months have been distressing. As he described my mother's physical and mental decline, I was torn between wanting to travel to Chicago to see her and fearing what I would find: … (read more)

Tunnels

November 9, 2006

Recently, I was struggling with life. I was overwhelmed with the things that were happening to me. All I could see was darkness. There seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the tunnel was … (read more)

Not As I Do

November 8, 2006

I remember a childhood friend's father fondly for his words of wisdom to his children. "Don't do as I do; do as I say do. At my age, I know the right way to live, but sometimes, I fail to … (read more)

Choice To Rejoice

November 7, 2006

Years ago, I was discouraged and depressed. Life was rough. Everywhere I turned, it seemed that nothing improved. In fact, at times, it seemed to get worse. It was then that I started going for counselling and attended church again … (read more)

The Beauty Of Silent Music

November 6, 2006

Recently, I attended a women's conference. This was my first time attending such an event. After getting myself comfortable in the auditorium, I made sure that I had an unobstructed view and that I was comfortable for the evening. As … (read more)

Faith

November 5, 2006

Today as I write this, it is Sunday, and I always look forward to going to church to study God's Word and to fellowship with my Christian brothers and sisters. It wasn't going to happen today, because my human body … (read more)

One Important Thing

November 4, 2006

I wanted to have the neighbourhood coffee group meet in my home, and yet I was anxious about it too. Many of my neighbours were good housekeepers. Would they find my home clean and decorative enough? Women also have a … (read more)

Bridgeton

November 3, 2006

It was an old Gothic church built in the early part of the eighteenth century. It sat in what was once the heart of the Bridgeton parish, but when a new bypass was built, the church was isolated from the … (read more)

Iswastocome

November 2, 2006

The question went something like this: "Which historic character would you most like to invite to dinner?" Most of our choices were easily recognizable. My personal favourite was Winston Churchill. I'd ask him about his World War II strategies over … (read more)

The Feast

November 1, 2006

My children's eyes widened as they looked at the array of sandwiches, sweets, and cakes on the table. I read the questioning looks as each of the girls searched my face to see how many cookies they were allowed to … (read more)

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